Blog | March 22, 2018

Extreme Risk Civil Protection Act - Office of Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

We must do everything we can to end gun violence in America. That’s why last year Councilmember Nadeau introduced a bill that will give residents and police more tools to reduce access to firearms by those who are a risk to themselves or others.

Extreme_Risk_Civil_Protection_Order_v.2.pngThe Extreme Risk Civil Protection Order Amendment Act of 2017 had a public hearing on March 22 before the Judiciary Committee, two days before the national March for Our Lives. Students, parents and advocates testified about the urgent need to end gun violence. Video of the hearing will be posted online, usually within 24 hours.

Modeled after successful California legislation, the bill is a vehicle for people to petition the court for a temporary extreme civil protection order where there is an immediate and present danger that the subject will cause injury to themselves or others. It allows police to immediately remove guns and prevents the subject of the order from legally purchasing other firearms for 14 days. After 14 days, the court will decide based on testimony and evidence if there is significant threat of harm to self or others to justify removing the firearms for a one-year period.

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